10/14/2012 12:34PM

Breeders' Cup Classic: Flat Out's feet prevent him from workout

Tom Keyser
Flat Out (left) will be refitted with special shoes that he will try out during a breeze on Monday or Tuesday at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Flat Out, the two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner and one of the favorites for next month’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, is dealing with foot issues again that prompted trainer Bill Mott to postpone a workout scheduled for Sunday morning.

At this point, Mott does not believe the issue will force Flat Out to miss the Classic, a race in which he finished fifth as the 7-2 favorite last year.

However, Mott said he wants to get new shoes put on Flat Out’s front feet before he breezes him. Mott was hoping to get Flat Out re-shod with a specialized shoe Sunday and perhaps breeze Flat Out Monday or Tuesday at Belmont.

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 “I got to make a slight change on him before he breezes,” Mott said Sunday morning outside his Belmont Park barn. “We’re just protecting him, trying to be proactive.”

 Flat Out’s feet have been problematic throughout his career. Mott said that Flat Out has a tendency to bruise the bulbs of his heels of his front feet.

 “He’s been a day-to-day project as they all are,” said Mott, who took over the training of Flat Out earlier this year. “It’s no secret his feet have been an issue. I just want to offer him a little protection before he works.”

Mott said that Flat Out has been galloping so he has not missed any training.

It is worth noting that Mott won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic with Drosselmeyer, who wore bar shoes in the race to protect his problematic feet.

Despite his foot problems, Flat Out, a 6-year-old son of Flatter, has won the last two runnings of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and last year’s Grade 2 Suburban and has earned more than $2 million for Preston Stables.

Mott said Sunday that Al Khali was scratched out of the Canadian International due to soft ground at Woodbine and could be a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Mott also said Sunday that Harrods Creek, a horse he had been pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, did not come out of his most recent workout in good shape and will not run in the Breeders’ Cup.



Mark More than 1 year ago
Go Mott! Show those out doubters out west how its done!
Mark More than 1 year ago
Everybody get that? The all knowing rene has spoken. And repeated for us all. Thank you rene.
Rene More than 1 year ago
Flat Out will be using specialized shoes for the nth time and GAME on DUDE ran 5f in 59 seconds.......this is a no brainer !!! If another horse will beat G O D , it will NOT be FLAT OUT ! AGAIN, i will say it......it will come from outside the USA !!!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Bill Mott is a pretty savvy man. He has dealt with this problem with excellence in both Drosselmeyer and with Flat Out. He has proven he knows what to do to protect Flat Out's feet. I hope all goes well for Bill and Flat Out and that Flat Out will be 100% ready and feeling well when his Breeders' Cup race comes around. Good luck, Flat Out.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Well I hope Flat Out is in shape for the BC. Happy to hear Bill Mott is taking precautions. It sounds like he is doing what's best for FO, like he has always done with his horses; apparently he is familiar with this problem and handles it well, like he did with Drosselmeyer.